On July 8th , the City of Tustin will be hosting a Community Volunteer Fair at the Community Center at the Market Place. This event offers a fantastic way for you to discover the many ways for you to give back and make a difference within your community.
Similar to a job fair, different organizations will be in attendance to educate the community about their respective organization with the hopes of recruiting new members and/or volunteers. Jerri Rosen, founder of Working Wardrobe, will be the keynote speaker for the event.
If your busy on Saturday, California Pizza Kitchen at the Tustin Market Place will be hosting a fundraiser with the proceeds to be donated to the Tustin Police Foundation. Just bring the CPK flyer, present it to your server and CPK will donate 20% of your check to the Tustin Police Foundation on the day of the Community Volunteer Fair.
For further information on how to help, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 573-3027.
Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Tustin Community Center, 2961 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782
Zoo Zen, a Yoga Story for Kids is a sweet little kids yoga book that was just released! Join the illustrator Suzi Schwartz and myself, Annette Cruz (aka Project Refined Life) for a book signing event and a FREE Kid’s Yoga Demonstrationat my favorite kid’s bookstore, Once Upon a Storybook, in Tustin.
Join us for this fun afternoon as I guide the kid’s through a FREE yoga demonstration and we practice Lyle’s Yoga Flow!
When: Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11:00am
Where: Once Upon a Storybook, 17300 East 17th Street #C, Tustin CA 92780
Please email Susie@OnceUponaStorybook.us or call, 714-669-4377 – no reservations are required but it would be great to know how many kids to expect.
Looking a wonderful way to spend you Friday evenings this Summer? Spend Every Friday night enjoying access to art galleries & live music at Bowers Museum for just $5.00!!!
From July 7th through 28th you can experience the “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior” exhibit.
From August 4 through September 1st witness the “Stark Beauty: Photography” exhibit by Edward Weston.
These events take place every Friday Nights from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, bring your appetite and get some of the amazing food that is available for purchase by Tangata Restaurant, drink specials and a cash bar.
Live music will be provided by musician such as: Joel Aceves, classical guitarist and April Walsh with jazz standards from the 40’s and 50’s.
You can purchase tickets at the door or online. If your a member, the Friday Night program is is free!
Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, California 92706
Come to Oak Canyon Nature Center for Nature Nights this Summer!
Join the the staff Naturalist along with experts from a variety of natural fields as they lead you through a series of Nature Nights.
Every Wednesday from June 28th through August 16th, the evening will begin with a guided twilight walk at 7:00 p.m. and followed up by a formal presentation at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free mission but a $5 donation per family would be greatly appreciated.
June 28: Journeys to the Past Jacque Nunez is a Master storyteller and award winning educator. She will captivate you, and every family member. Journey with her back in time and be captivated by her stories, songs and engaging use of ancient instruments!
July 5: Twilight Walk Join us for an introduction to Oak Canyon and a walk with Oak Canyon’s Naturalists as the sun begins to set. Several walks of varying ability levels will be offered. Be sure to bring your flashlight.
July 12: Wonders of Wildlife Cheryl Rendes from Wonders of Wildlife will share a variety of animals, from the savannas of Africa to the tropical regions of South America.
July 19: Orange County Birds of Prey Dr. Kristian Krause, Veterinarian from Serrano Animal Hospital and Orange County Birds of Prey Center, will share information on raptors and will bring a variety along for an audience “encounter.”
July 26: Reptiles from Around the World Dr. Tom Greek from Greek & Associates Veterinary Hospital will bring along an exciting collection of reptiles including local and exotic snakes, lizards and more. Learn about the lifestyles of these unique reptiles and enjoy an opportunity to see and touch these animals up close.
August 2: Our Solar System Mike Beckage will introduce the challenging hobby of amateur astronomy through his breathtaking slide show. Then we will journey up the hill and view the night sky through telescopes aimed at the evening’s best features. *This program involves a strenuous uphill walk to reach the viewing area.
August 9: “Trapper” Dan Jundanian’s Insect Fair Join us for an evening of learning and fun. Dan Jundanian, a former longtime Oak Canyon Naturalist, returns for his annual Nature Night presentation. Enjoy an evening of insect education as Dan displays exciting insects from around the world.
August 16: Annual Flashlight Walk While waiting for the sun to set, get an introduction to the “creatures of the night” then join Oak Canyon’s naturalists on a trek through the trails of the Nature Center. There will be several walks of varying abilities. Don’t forget your flashlight as we explore Oak Canyon at night!
When: Every Wednesday from June 28th through August 16th
Where: Oak Canyon Nature Center, 6700 E Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92807
Cost: A $5.00 donation per family is greatly appreciated
It’s the International Day of Yoga! Today we celebrate the practice of Yoga. Yoga is much more then physical practice. It encompasses your mind, body & soul. Each movement connecting breath to movement and for me, each movement and pose delivers a message so deep, not even we understand it. Yoga originated in India well over 5,000-years old. It is filled with tradition and history. It is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that transforms your body and mind.
Just a few years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the “International Day of Yoga”. During an address to the UN General Assembly, Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi stated
Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition . It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.
Who doesn’t want or need that in their life??? So hit your local Yoga Studio or find a “YouTube” video and get your Yoga on! I always say “Everyone needs Yoga” and I truly believe that.
If you’re in Orange County, join me at 7:00 am every Saturday Morning at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin. It would be my honor to guide you through a 75 minute “All Levels Flow” yoga session. You can also check my calendar for my schedule and any sub dates I may be filling in for.
Here’s a 75 minute playlist to listen today during your practice or just because. Enjoy this beautiful full day of Summer Solstice
Discovery Cube Orange County invites families and educators to join in the fun of learning about coding!
A Raspberry Jam brings together people of all ages to experience coding with the Raspberry Pi™, the powerful bite-sized computer the size of a credit card. Created by Broadcom Engineer, Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi is all the rage with students, teachers, coding clubs and families because it is a user-friendly and super affordable way to experience the power of coding.
At the same time, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is holding its Picademy in Orange County. Raspberry Pi enthusiasts affiliated with the Raspberry Pi Foundation will be on hand to jam along with you! Plus, bring your own Raspberry Pi project to jam and win a COOKIES N’ πCUBED giveaway every 15 minutes from our partners.
The event takes place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Discovery Cube Orange County is located at 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705.
This event is FREEto registered guests – sign up ASAP! Space is limited.
Ok, I just noticed that the County of Orange and OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series is already under way! I seriously need to do some catching up around here!!!
The Sunset Cinema consists of 12 free movies taking place at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Yorba Regional Park.
Movies begin around Sunset, so get your blanket and picnic dinner ready and enjoy a FREE movie night at the park.
The next Sunset Cinema will take place this Sunday, June 10th at Carbon Canyon Regional Park as we look out for U.F.O.’s and catch the sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Head over to Craig Regional Park in Fullerton on Saturday, June 17 as the series continues with The LEGO Batman Movie.
One of my personal favorites, The Princess Bride at Craig Regional Park on Saturday, June 24.
On Saturday, July 1 at Salt Creek Beach, don’t miss the animated comedy Sing.
The following week, you’ll be back at Salt Creek Beach for Steven Spielberg’s Jaws on Saturday, July 8.
Bring the family to Mason Regional Park on Friday, July 14th bring the kids for a screening of Moana and Friday, July 21 for an all time favorite, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Come to Laguna Niguel Regional Park to see Finding Dory on Friday, July 28. Friday and then come back on August 4 for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
The last 2 movies of the OC Parks Sunset Cinema series will take place at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim with A Bug’s Life on Friday, August 11. They’ll finish the series on August 18 with the 1993 American coming-of-age film, The Sandlot.
I’m planning on keeping our summer plans a bit more relaxed this year so that we’ll able to enjoy some family time and take in these FREE movie events. If you don’t have time to bring your picnic dinner, you can grab food from one of the food trucks that will be at every event. FREE parking starts as early as 6:00 pm and show times begin around 8:00 pm. For more information visit ocparks.com.
When I started my Yoga Teacher Training I wasn’t completely sure I wanted to become a Yoga teacher. I have been surrounded by some great role models and my fellow students all had an outstanding practice already. “Can I be a good teacher, a teacher that radiates compassion and knowledge, could I possibly live up to those who’s teaching styles I admire?”
I just completed my Yoga Teacher Training on Saturday and I can tell you now that I after going through the ups and downs during training and teaching some classes – I am completely sure that this is what I must do! Teaching Yoga gives me a ability to share my heart, the knowledge that I gained and a feeling of enlightenment with others. I do get a little nervous before a class but that’s because I want to do an outstanding job for my students. As they roll up their mat I want them to leave with a deeper understanding of Yoga and a feeling calm and peace from within.
This training was definitely a roller coaster of emotions for me. A few times, I thought to myself, just finish the training, don’t worry about the test and keep learning. My practice and understanding of Yoga will be deeper and more profound regardless of the outcome even if I don’t become a Yoga Teacher.
As I write this I am reminding myself that throughout the time of my Yoga Teacher Training I was pretty busy with my Girl Scout Troop, other volunteer positions, At home with school work, our crazy family schedule and trying to keep up the house. And of course, any time your doing something life changing life throws something big at you. And it it did. But…I managed to get through it with the help of my yoga family/tribe. Yes, they and my family helped me get through it.
Sometimes I look back and think I must have been crazy adding the commitment of studying Yoga on top of the things I already had going on! There were days when I left a Yoga class or teacher training feeling like “wow, I’ve progressed” and then that would get followed up by “what am I thinking”. Let me be clear, I mention all the things I continued to do during this training because I need to grant myself some space and grace for feeling defeated and overwhelmed at times. My plate was already spilling over but I wanted to do this. I knew the time was now!
I love to help other’s and give back to my community but I came to realize that teaching Yoga gave me a feeling like no other. I thought about the teachers or classes I enjoy and admire the most and realized the teachers all had something in common. They all have heart. You can feel their soul, their heartaches, the moments in life both good and bad shining through in their teaching. They all had the ability to be completely human with their students. Although there are times when I may take a class to challenge myself or learn something different I much prefer to be in a class that permits the feelings of love, acceptance and compassion. Yoga is more than a physical practice for me, it runs deep.
For me, Yoga is all about putting tapas, santosha, svadhyaya, and surrender (yoga terms, lol) into practice. Teaching Yoga gives me the opportunity to bring the feeling of contentment, love and acceptance to my students. I’ve lived a life filled with peaks and valleys. It has been far from perfect but that pain, the suffering I’ve lived through allows me the unique opportunity to teach from the heart. I’ll get to help people learn something life changing when they think they just showed up for a work out. Being a Yoga Teacher also grants me the perfect excuse to keep learning and seeking further understanding…and If I’m a good teacher – I’ll also get to learn things from my students.
Another thing I came to realize about Yoga is that is great as is! It doesn’t need me to change it or serve it, or help it. Yoga will continue with or without me but maybe just maybe by my sharing my feelings about life, what I’ve learned, what makes me happy, joyful & peaceful; I can inspire someone to learn more, to dig deeper into their practice, to feel contentment or to be more accepting of themselves. Like a Yoga Fairy I get to sprinkle my “Yoga Dust” among my students. How cool is that!?!
I hope you can join me for some “Yoga Fairy Dust” at one of my classes as I continue to refine my life. I’ll be teaching every Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. beginning June 3rd at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin. You can also look for me on the schedule filing in for other teachers. This has been a humbling and eye opening experience and look forward to sharing it with you.
Blast off at Discovery Cube’s annual Rocket Launch! This FREE event is full of hands-on activities for all ages and includes a competition where you’ll design, build and launch your own 2-liter bottle rocket with pressurized air and water.
Rocket Launch is a free community event available to science, rocket and engineer enthusiasts of all ages. Rockets with the longest “hang time” will be awarded prizes.
Need some advice on how to build the best bottle rocket? Check out the video below provided by the Boeing Company. Get real engineering tips on making your rocket fly high, deploy a parachute, and gracefully fall back to Earth
OC Parks and The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center are hosting the 2nd annual Science in the Park, a fun and educational day for the whole family.
There a fun demonstrations like the volcano demo pictured above, plenty of hands on experiements and informations abvailble. You’ll learn about Orange County natural history, our native animals and plants and local Native American culture and the world of science. All of the activities and lectures are lead by leading experts in their fields.
The event features paleontology, archaeology, Orange County history. geology, biology, native plants and animals and junior scientist camp.
The Junior Scientist Camp will feature plenty of hand-on activities and educational crafts. The OC Zoo will also have various zookeeper chats throughout the day.
When: Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: FREE, parking is $5.00 per vehicle, Optional OC Zoo is $2.00 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
Tomorrow is Earth Day and a great way to honor the day is at KelpFest 2017! More than 20 years ago the kelp forests of Orange County disappeared due primarily to overfishing and pollution. In 2002 marine biologist Nancy Caruso of Get Inspired! started a project which would eventually restore this once lush forests. In 2002 with what came to be 5000 volunteers, Caruso and her volunteers began restoring the kelp forests in Newport and Laguna Beach. By 2010, the kelp had reached historic densities and the animals were starting to return to the area.
In celebration of this event, KelpFest was created to celebrate the return of the kelp forests and to honor the thousands of people who helped to restore them.
There will be many like-minded environmental organizations with exhibits at the event to help educate the participants and help to nurture an appreciation for giant kelp forests. Other activities throughout the day include live painting , a life size interactive kelp forest model, live performances, guided tide pool tours, a swim to the kelp forest, talk to a real mermaid, beach clean up, as well as lots of arts and crafts for kids.
Schedule of events:
9:00am Kelpfest begins
9:00-10:00 Kelp forest comes to life as we construct one for visitors to walk through
10:00am Musical performances begin
Live kelp forest paintings and raffle
Docent led tide pool tours
Arts and crafts for kids
Live musical performances
Get the kids ready for the event by downloading a FREE Gaby Garibladi coloring book here!
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
It always makes me feel great to bring home fresh, organic, locally grown veggies for my family. This Saturday morning you can take that feeling of doing something great for your family a step further!
Why not pick up some beautiful organic veggies for the family at the Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market and then let kids get in on some FREE Yoga? That’s right, a FREE YOGA class designed just for them. Did I mention that it’s FREE?
This FREE kid’s Yoga session is taught by Renee Schwan and no pre-registration required. Just bring your shopping list, a yoga mat and the kids!
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:45am –11:30am
Orange Home Grown Farmer’s Market, located at 304 N. Cypress Street, Orange CA 92866
This weekend is filled with some great STEAM/STEM events. A few days ago, I shared Imaginology, a STEAM event that takes at the OC Fair Grounds. It’s a fantastic event that we’ve been a attending for a few years now. Today, I’m sharing two more great STEAM/STEM events.
All of these events take place this weekend. Get your little STEMists to one of these fun filled events.
This FREE event brings together hands-on activities and nearly two dozen science partners to the Space Center like: SpaceX, Natural History Museum, Aquarium of the Pacific, LA Zoo, and much more!
All are welcomed and are sure to enjoy this event. There will be food trucks on site like: My Delight Cupcakery, Romolo’s Italian Cuisine and TNB Food Truck.
When: Saturday, April 22nd 10am-5pm.
Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242
*IPSF 20th Birthday Bash & The STEAM Carnival – O.C. Great Park*
IPSF 20th Birthday Bash & STEAM Carnival. Come celebrate Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 20th anniversary at the Birthday Bash featuring the 3rd annual STEAM Carnival! Join in on an afternoon of STEAM-inspired games and activities, live music and local food trucks!
HANDS ON FUN! A creative twist on the traditional carnival, this family-friendly event for all ages is designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
EXCITING ATTRACTIONS FOR ALL AGES
Cox “IP Packet” Derby Racer
Planet Ring Toss
Virtual Reality Experience
LEGO Car Build and 35′ Supertrack
US Army Physical Fitness Challenge
LA Galaxy Soccer Demo
Basketball and Football Inflatables
Soccer Tennis Skills Challenge
Nail Painting by Polished Perfect
And Much More!
Check out the video below of last year’s event!
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Orange County Great Park, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618
Cost: General Admission $5.00, If you wear any IPSF t-shirt, you’ll getFREE admission! Children 3 years old and under are free. VIP tickets also available. To purchase tickets click here.
I’ve always loved yoga. It has always been a way for me to relax, feel refreshed, energized and alive. My vocal/piano teacher introduced the practice of breathing, mediating & some light yoga as a teenager. I remember thinking “Okay, this is cool but I’m here to sing and learn to play the piano. Why is she having me do this”. Looking back now I realize she was trying to open my mind, focus my energy and deflect the some of the negative influences and habits I had surround myself with.
As an adult, I practiced Yoga from time to time. In the mornings before heading off to work, at my local gyms, at a couple of the kick boxing gyms I belonged to. I tired out some studios here and there and with dvd’s. No matter what I was doing in life, no matter what season in life I was in, I always came back to Yoga. Last year, I made Yoga a part of my everyday life at a wonderful studio in old town Tustin called Yoga2 (Yoga Squared). This studio felt good, the energy was good and the teachers and students were friendly and kind. As soon as I started practicing on a regular basis, I knew this was something I needed to include as part of my being and on a bigger scale.
I began to feel and think differently. At this time I was already engaged in some courses and study’s which made the practice (asana), the words, the shapes and the thoughts I was experiencing during my Yoga sessions light a fire within me. This past December, I decided to take my love for yoga to whole new level and embark on a 15 week – 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course through Shanti Shanti Yoga School.
Deciding to take this training was a hard choice for me. I already had such a busy schedule, I was afraid of the commitment, scared of all of the studying that would be involved. I was older than your average yoga teacher and didn’t have as much flexibility as some of the yogi’s around me. Could I keep up with my family, my household duties and other outside commitments? I sat down and had a talk with my family to discuss how everyone’s life would be different (at least for 15 weeks) if I took this training. With the support of my family and despite all of the challenges – I decided to do it. The 15 weeks would come and go regardless of my taking this training, so why not at least try it.
Well, here I am in week #11. I must say – this has not easy but it has it been worth it! I have met some amazing human beings. I have discovered things about myself that need to change. I’ve discovered things about others around me that made me wake up. I am learning about SO many things and so many different perspectives. It’s been a humbling and an eye opening experience and I am loving every minute of it!
In my daily life, I am beginning to prioritize my day and my life differently. I realized almost 12 years ago that although I plan my life ultimately there is a power much greater then myself that is control. I am however in control of how I respond to what happens in life. There are certain things in my life that I am okay with letting go of (folding the laundry is one of them). In all seriousness, I feel a huge shift in my life and it is due to this inner reflection that is required in this training. This training is unlike any other training or education I have ever taken part in.
If you have ever considered taking Yoga Teacher Training – do it! A few words of advice:
Look for a good school – Find a school that is registered through Yoga Alliance. You want your training to count and many yoga studios won’t hire you if your teacher training wasn’t through a Yoga Alliance registered school. Very important, make sure the teachers/trainers are in practice, knowledgeable and kind. I feel like I hit the jackpot with my Yoga school of choice. They are all very professional, well trained and caring.
Don’t go big – when it comes to yoga teacher training, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Smaller class sizes means more individualized attention. They’ll get to know you and what your capable of. Don’t be a number.
Internship Programs – it’s scary to be sitting along side the teacher, teaching segments of the class or the whole class during your training but so worth it. The opportunity to have a mentor guide you and prepare you to teach before you’re out there on your own is priceless. I appreciate every single word of advice and the direction I receive.
Keep a journal of how you feel and your thoughts on a weekly basis. I feel differently every week. There have been a couple of times I felt defeated and that I wasn’t cut out for this. But I’m still here – learning, growing and facing my fears. It’ll help to look back on your changes.
Be prepared – your life and your perspective will change and that’s a good thing. Embrace the changes that lie ahead and remain truthful to yourself.
There is still so much to learn. I am still nervous about my journey and my future as a Yoga Teacher. I am surrounded by some awesome examples of Yoga Teachers and people. At the beginning of my training I wasn’t sure if I wanted to teach but I now I am sure that I need to share this with others. It’s bringing an awareness into so many other areas of my life. Areas that I want to explore and learn more about. It has also brought into perspective things that I have already learned and how to incorporate them into what I what I am learning and what I will be teaching. I still have a few weeks to go and finals to get through but regardless of the outcome from this journey (Yoga Teacher Training) I know that my mind, body and soul will be better, more knowledgeable, more accepting, stronger and healthier because of this. Let the project continue!